Drunk Drivers

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Driving a vehicle is a huge responsibility, and can be dangerous for anyone who is careless on the road. That danger increases as drivers attempt to drive either intoxicated or drunk. Blood alcohol concentration, also known as BAC, is the amount of alcohol in the blood of one’s system, and is used as a measure of degree of intoxication in an individual (answers.com). In the United States it is illegal per se, to drive with a BAC of .08 for all drivers who are 21 and older (nhtsa.gov). As the blood alcohol concentration increases, the risk of car accidents, highway injuries, and vehicular deaths also increase. Drunk drivers should be imprisoned on the first offense, if so many lives will be saved. Having the accused imprisoned on the first offense will greatly decrease the number of DUIs. According to statistics, 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license (madd.org). If those convicted drunk drivers were imprisoned right after their first misdemeanor, they would not have the chance to harm innocent lives again because they would be in jail, guaranteeing that they will not have the chance to harm an innocent life while under the influence. Moreover, people will be more cautious after drinking since they will be terrified of getting caught under the influence of alcohol. A more severe punishment would certainly decrease the instances of drunk driving. People can deal with fines and community service, but jail is something that no person wants to experience. Since the penalty is so bad people will not risk it and the streets will be free of intoxicated drivers. Along with a decrease in DUIs, imprisoning drunk drivers on first offense will result in fewer car accidents. Many innocent lives w... ... middle of paper ... ...i Q&A Combined with Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Encyclopedias. Web. 12 Dec. 2011. . "Drinking & Driving." WWW2 Webserver. Web. 12 Dec. 2011. . "Drug Facts | Alcohol." AbovetheInfluence.com. Web. 12 Dec. 2011. . "Drunk Driving Statistics." Alcohol Testing and Drunk Driving Information. Web. 12 Dec. 2011. . "MADD -Statistics." MADD -Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Web. 12 Dec. 2011. . "NHTSA: People: Injury Prevention: Research and Evaluation Program." Home | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Web. 12 Dec. 2011. .

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